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Before they were famous, Airman edition

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Before they were famous, celebrities were regular people working jobs just like everyone else. While their jobs prior to being famous may seem less glamorous to some, I like to think of them as everyday superheroes who served in the United States Air Force.

1. Gregg Popovich-

Basketball coach shakes hands with USAF Academy cadets during a Spurs practice
Academy cadets reach out to shake hands with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich before the start of the team’s practice Oct. 2, 2013 at Clune Arena on the U.S. Air Force Academy campus in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth Bellard/Released)

Before he was leading the San Antonio Spurs to victory on the basketball court, Popovich was molded into the coach he is today by the United States Air Force Academy’s Cadet Honor Code. While attending the Academy, he played basketball all four years, and later also worked as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy Prep School. The intelligence officer served for five years before hanging up his captain bars.
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12 examples of Air Force holiday cheer

By Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Staff at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force searched the archives and found some examples of holiday celebrations and greetings from Airmen through the decades. As Christmas approaches, we hope you enjoy looking through these artifacts. Please keep our military members, especially those who are away from their loved ones, in your thoughts this holiday season and throughout the year.

Defining her AF heritage: A military training leader’s journey

By Tech. Sgt. Quinn White
336th Training Squadron, Det. 2

Being stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, there are many opportunities to venture to Washington D.C., such as when the Det. 2 staff attended the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference.

My commander and I decided one presentation we really wanted to see was Gen. Robin Rand, the Commander of Air Education and Training Command. It is not often a person can hear directly from their major command commander about the direction of the organization, and we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.

An Airman shakes hands with a survivor of the Bataan Death March
Tech. Sgt. Quinn White (then Tech. Sgt. Quinn Rakosnik), a 336th Training Squadron military training leader, visits with a survivor of the World War II Bataan Death March. (Courtesy photo)

During his speech, Gen. Rand talked about how AETC is instilling heritage into our Airmen and said something that really made me think: “History makes you smarter, but heritage makes you prouder.”

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Meet the ‘animals’ of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

To see different types of animals in your local area, you may take a trip to your city zoo. However, there are other “animals” people can  browse at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force that made their mark on Air Force  history. Can’t make the trip to the museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio? No worries! We have an exhibit full of Air Force “animals” for you to see right here. Can you think of any other animals serving or making an impact in the Air Force?

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Five innovative Air Force aircraft that you’ve probably never heard of

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The history of the Air Force is rooted in finding new ways to solve problems. It’s one of creating out-of-the-box solutions and achieving greater possibilities. Drone technology, stealth aircraft and space vehicles were merely science fiction until we made them reality. The aircraft you are about to discover brought upon revolutionary new abilities for today’s Air Force and will continue to have an impact on technology in the future. Continue reading Five innovative Air Force aircraft that you’ve probably never heard of